Queensland Rugby League will provide ongoing updates below regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
QRL COVID-19 preparedness and response
Wednesday, March 18 at 2.30pm
The QRL is following a pandemic control plan and continues to adapt responses and protocols as the spread of COVID-19 continues. The QRL is monitoring the situation on a daily basis and following the advice of the Australian Government health authorities and travel directives; and implementing risk mitigation strategies as appropriate.
Initiation of working from home protocols
Wednesday, March 18 at 2.30pm
This week, the QRL Leadership Team decided that in the interests of employees and the community, that we would direct our valued employees to work from home, indefinitely, from Thursday, March 19. We recently confirmed that our IT infrastructure, tools and systems are sufficiently robust to support the entire organisation working from home. Our offices will be closed from Friday, March 20. Our online shop – maroonsshop.com – remains open.
These are highly unusual times and as a business community and as Australians, it is important that we come together to support each other. Be assured that all of us at QRL are committed to supporting our community.
2020 QRL competitions update relating to COVID-19
Tuesday, March 17 at 6.10pm
The Queensland Rugby League can provide an update on the status of its statewide competitions, community football and representative programs following tonight’s board meeting.
After careful consideration in relation to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, the QRL has suspended its statewide competitions and community leagues, effective immediately.
In addition, all junior regional events and state carnivals will be postponed indefinitely.
QRL managing director Robert Moore said the four QRL statewide competitions would be suspended until June 5, and all junior and senior community rugby league until at least the first weekend of May.
While some community competitions are yet to kick-off, the four statewide leagues commenced at the weekend with 25 games played across the Intrust Super Cup, BHP Premiership, Hastings Deering Colts and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup.
Should circumstances allow, the QRL will work with its clubs to facilitate the return of these four competitions mid-year.
Such a scenario would provide the opportunity for all Intrust Super Cup clubs to play each other once before the scheduled 2020 finals series, in addition to the results from Round 1 fixtures which would stand.
Similar fixture models, in line with the proposed date for the return of premiership games, are currently being looked at for the BHP Premiership, Hastings Deering Colts and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup.
Moore said the board had considered all aspects of the current situation in consultation with its operations teams and clubs.
“This public health emergency we’re working through is unprecedented; and the health and safety of our participants is a priority, along with the welfare of Queensland communities,” Moore said.
“The decision to put our statewide competitions, community leagues and representative programs on hold takes into account all the relevant information provided by the National Rugby League, public health authorities and the government.
“Ultimately, it is our responsibility to implement procedures that don’t place players, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders at unnecessary risk.”
Approval for clubs to hold training sessions during this period is an ongoing matter, as the QRL is seeking further advice from its chief medical officer, Dr Roy Saunders, as well as Queensland health authorities.
Statewide competitions clubs briefed
Monday, March 16 at 2pm
All statewide competitions clubs have been briefed by the QRL on the most up-to-date information available.
The QRL Board will convene on Tuesday evening to discuss all rugby league across the state under the QRL’s administration.
Any decisions made during the meeting will be released Wednesday morning.
PNG Hunters remain in Australia
Monday, March 16 at 12.30pm
The Papua New Guinea Hunters have remained in Queensland in preparation for the scheduled second round of Intrust Super Cup fixtures this weekend.
PNG opened their season with a thrilling victory over the Souths Logan Magpies yesterday at Davies Park in Brisbane.
Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation and the impact of border restrictions, the QRL and Hunters administrators have been in regular contact about their immediate participation.
In light of these discussions, the Hunters squad has not returned to Papua New Guinea.
The QRL said today it would continue to be guided by the NRL and other relevant health authorities, with the QRL Board to meet this week to review all aspects of the current situation.